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    Life Updates – The Pros and Cons of Routine

    September 11, 2019

    My oh my – it’s been a while since we last spoke! I feel like I always do some version of this: I promise that I’ll be creating ~more~ content, then I inadvertently make less. It’s kind of like a double-edged sword. This is good because I’m “participating” in life (Perks of Being a Wallflower, anyone?), but bad because, well, I’m not blogging.

    And every time I sit down to write, I’m always reminded of one thing: how much fun blogging is. I love being able to share bits of my life. It’s cathartic and challenging, which is the combo I always strive for.

    An update, in the realest sense.

    To paint a picture of what I’m doing right at this moment, I just finished a barre class and I’m indulging in some pumpkin spice iced coffee. I need to leave for work in about 40 minutes. My lunch is prepped, and there’s a loaf of (pumpkin) bread baked for after work. Mornings like this really make me feel like an adult. I don’t think College Kat imagined life would be like this, but I can’t complain.

    In terms of big-picture updates…

    At work, things are really good. I’m learning a lot, and I’m being challenged in a sense I couldn’t have imagined before. There are days where I’ll catch myself talking to a co-worker and think, Wow, I’m really turning into an engineer! Of course there are good things and bad things about every job, but I really like where I am. The people I work with are so supportive, and there’s no doubt that I’m going to grow like crazy over the course of my rotational program.

    Outside of work, my life is pretty much going to barre/yoga. Incorporating classes into my routine has truly changed my life! If you know me at all, you know that I speak pretty openly about my almost nonexistent previous relationship with fitness. However, I feel like that’s really changing with the help of these classes. I feel motivated to work out – enough to go to class at 6am every day! I found a focus for my workouts (building my core and overall strength), and Tuesday morning yoga is literally my favorite part of the week. Who is she?

    I’m also in the process of decorating my apartment. After a fiasco with the Ikea delivery service, I finally have my couch, and my place feels a little more complete. I came up with some really cool ideas, and once I have the money I’m excited to build the place of my dreams. Speaking of, nobody tells you how EXPENSIVE it is to furnish an apartment! Every time I buy something my wallet dies a little inside, but I know it’ll be worth it when it’s all said and done.

    On adult life

    Outside of those things, I feel like I’m actually settling into a routine. Again, this is like a double-edged sword IMO. Good, because stability is important. Bad, because it’s easy to feel like life is mundane this way. I’ll be honest – even though college was largely difficult for me, the dynamics of my week made me happy. I felt like there was a true balance between routine and spontaneity, and it kept me going.

    The adult life is a little less spontaneous. Sure I don’t have work once 5pm rolls around, but there are things that need to get done. Dinner. Chores. Grocery shopping. Bills. I also thought getting to leave work at work meant more energy for hanging out with friends and going out. BUT, after a full day of socializing and being “on”, all I want to do is watch Queer Eye and sleep.

    I guess it’s making me realize that I painted this idealized picture of post-grad life while I was in school, and the reality doesn’t quite match up. It’s not necessarily bad, just different, but it’s an adjustment nonetheless. The bright side of it all is that I’m learning so much about myself. Things I like, things I don’t like, the kinds of people I want to keep around, what motivates me. It’s really cool, and I think I’m the most confident I’ve ever been because of that.

    Final Thoughts

    All in all, things are okay. I’m not going to make a promise this time about making more things on the blog, because I don’t know what’s going to happen next. Of course I would love to post twice a week, but we all know that life is unpredictable and things are going to prevent that from happening while I’m in this ~adjustment~ period of life. Please bear with me – thank you for sticking around 🙂

    What’s new with you?

    yours truly katrina, college, job
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